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Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

Graphic designer Ben Hermel of Portland, Oregon, created this typeface by layering blended shapes over classic script letters.

Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

Called Ghost Script, the design creates a vector file that can be scaled as needed and altered by adding or removing layers.

Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

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Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

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Ghost Script is an exercise in bringing a contemporary aesthetic to script typefaces, a style of type that is more commonly used in a traditional manner to convey 'classic' and 'refined'.

Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

Ghost Script is intended for more contemporary applications without losing these attributes.

Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

The objective was to find the balance between appearing completely new but feeling timeless.

Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

To meet this objective blended shapes were overlaid on classically proportioned letterforms, with each layer adding depth and movement without affecting the type's proportions.

Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

Ghost Script was created utilising blends and transparency in Adobe Illustrator, resulting in a vector file which can be scaled as needed.

Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

Building the letterforms using layers results in the flexibility to adjust the typeface in different ways.

Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

A lighter version of the typeface was created by removing layers, resulting in a simpler typeface but retaining the essence of the letterforms. Color can also be added layer by layer to create greater depth.

Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

The experiment that inspired this typeface was an attempt to bring life to helvetica using layers and blends.

Ghost Script by Ben Hermel

I am a freelance designer based in Portland Oregon, specialising in both graphic and product design.